The New Jersey Law Journal has an interesting article (Allow Convicted Felons to Serve on Juries) examining felons and the reform efforts currently underway around the country to limit the collateral punishments imposed on them. For example, several jurisdictions are allowing felons to vote and banning the box on employment applications. However, it does not appear that there is a big push to allow felons to serve on juries, which is why this article concludes that, like with voting, felons should be allowed to serve on juries. Here are the last two paragraphs of the article.
Voting and jury service are both responsibilities and privileges of citizenship. However, jury service, unlike the right to vote, is permanently curtailed by this statute. This also disproportionately disenfranchises minorities from being called for jury service where the opportunity for excusing potential jurors with a criminal conviction can be placed in the hands of counsel who might, if they feel it necessary, exercise a peremptory challenge during voir dire.
We believe that this restriction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship should be stricken by the Legislature to bring jury service into harmony with voting law as part of the rehabilitative process afforded to all persons who have served their judicially mandated sentences.